Photo Alchemy at 23 Sandy Gallery

Dragonfly tintype

My tintype Dragonfly 6 is in the show PHOTO ALCHEMY at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, OR from April 1 to May 7 2011. The opening reception is on First Friday April 1, 2011 5-8 pm
at 623 NE 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97232

Photo Alchemy invitation

The show also includes work by Jody Ake, Christina Z. Anderson, Susan Arthur, Natasha Bacca, Alicia Bailey, Lindsey Beal, Connie Begg, Jose Betancourt, Mare Blocker, Jo Bradford, Melitte Buchman, Barbara Dombach, Anita Douthat, Gary Emrich, Bryan David Griffith, Scott Hilton, Aspen Hochhalter, Helena Kaminski, Loli Kantor, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Kym Kulp Matossian, Maria Lawson, Jenna Lechner, Jim Leisy, Mark Rupert, Alyssa C. Salomon, Wendy Sawatzky, Wendy Small, Karen Stentaford, S. Gayle Stevens, Terry & Kathleen Thompson, Rae Trujillo, Rebecca Villareal, Marydorsey Wanless, Curtis Wehrfritz.

An online catalog is available.

from the 23Sandy Gallery website:
This exhibition showcases the revival in alternative process photography. In recent years contemporary photographers have been taking a fresh look at early printing processes‚ from cyanotypes to daguerreotypes, these deep, dreamy images bring a unique style and surface to a photograph that can not be achieved digitally.

As the juror for this show, Laura Moya tells us, “I am delighted with the recent groundswell of photographers rediscovering historic and alternative processes. There is still an inherent need for some artists to use photography to explore the unexplained in life. The processes in this exhibit lend themselves to the exploration of memory, loss, and the unspoken. It hints at traces—of people, of objects, of ideas. Perhaps unknowingly, poetry becomes part of the image.

These new images explore the notion that the time spent ‘crafting’ a photograph versus ‘taking’ a photograph gives the photographer space for thought. If one is working with heavy lenses, glass plates, or a multitude of chemicals, time slows down. If one is considering how air temperature might affect one’s film, time really slows down. It is the complexity of these processes that bring gifts to the table.”

ABOUT LAURA MOYA — Photo Alchemy was juried by Laura Moya, executive director of Portland-based Photolucida, a non-profit that works with emerging photographers, organizing their biennial Reviews festival and managing their publications. She has curated the exhibits Resurrection: A New Look at Old Processes at 23 Sandy Gallery, and Borderline/Safekeeping at the Lishui Photography Festival. Laura has lectured at the Pingyao Photography Festival in China, and written interview pieces for Griffin Museum of Photography and Finite Foto. She has performed portfolio reviews nationally and internationally, most recently at Atlanta Celebrates Photography and Lenswork/Fotofest in Paris.

AWARDS — One artist has already been selected to win the Portfolio Prize for Photo Alchemy by Blue Mitchell, the publisher of Diffusion Magazine. Congratulations to Alyssa A. Salomon. Her Van Dyke photographs printed on handmade paper will be featured in the next issue of this well regarded magazine focusing on “unconventional photography.”

In addition, during the show’s First Friday opening reception on April 1, three photographers will be awarded Juror’s Choice Awards as selected by our juror Laura Moya, which will include an online exhibition portfolio of a 10-image body of work, a certificate and special catalog recognition. 23 Sandy will announce these winners on our web site on April 2, 2011.